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From sponge city to phosphor-recycling: Learn more about specific solutions for a sustainable world in our videos!

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Industrial food waste—make something of it!

From bioplastics to meat substitutes: food waste and scraps can also be recycled

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Status Report on Germany’s Closed-Loop Economy 2020

Services, structures, goals and future prospects of the German circular economy. From “A” as in “Abfallaufkommen” (waste amounts) to “Z” as in “Zirkuläre Wirtschaft” (circular economy).

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Zero Waste City
IFAT impact Business Summit
Market insight China: zero-waste cities

By 2050, the first zero-waste cities could already exist, not only in China but worldwide.

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Plastic Strategy
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More plastics recycling—but not (only) voluntarily

Experts discussed ways to increase plastics recycling and agreed: it will not work without binding guidelines.

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From a yogurt cup to a new recycled product

At the IFAT impact Business Summit, experts used yogurt pots to show the recycling paths for all plastic packaging.

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Non-revenue water in Africa

The problem is not water shortage. The problem is that the water does not reach the consumer because of many leaks or illegal discharges. But there are solutions.

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Water detection
IFAT impact Business Summit
Detecting and analyzing pollutants in water

Around 130 million different substances are currently known and can be detected and quantitatively determined in water using target analysis.

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IFAT impact Business Summit
Artificial intelligence for environmental technologies

What are the opportunities, what are the obstacles? Here is what the experts at the IFAT impact Business Summit concluded.

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Circular economy only feasible through regulation

For the Green Deal and Circular Economy Action Plan to succeed it is necessary to have legal regulations that are strong, intelligent and reliable in the long term.

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Water in Germany: meanwhile a scarce good

Although previously available in sufficient quantities, water is increasingly becoming a scarce resource in some regions—due to climate change. What are the possible solutions?

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Start-ups in the environmental technology sector

Green technologies are attracting a lot of attention. However, environmental technology start-ups face special challenges.

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Uncover the treasure of raw materials in the construction sector

The ongoing construction boom “consumes” vast quantities of natural raw materials. Existing buildings and infrastructure contain a treasure that needs to be uncovered.

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IFAT 2018 - Recycling
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Requirements for food packaging get tougher

For the food industry it is important to ensure that the packaging used is designed for recycling and to use recyclates.

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Coronavirus puts a stranglehold on plastics recycling

From collapsing sales markets to disruptions in export logistics: a whole range of effects of the coronavirus outbreak is making life hard for plastics recyclers.

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China puts more emphasis on sewage sludge treatment

The safe disposal of sludge is an important task to win the tough battle of water pollution prevention and control.

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Responsibility begins with the product

For a true circular economy to be established, manufacturers must anchor the recycling of resources in the product design already

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Turkish waste sector—an overview

In Turkey, all environmental technologies, especially the waste management sector, have a great potential.

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Political initiatives are crucial

Corona-crisis, European Green Deal and further prospects: The IFAT Community stated an opinion. During the IFAT impact Panel Discussion in July as well as on LinkedIn.

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IFAT 2018 - Key sector
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Covestro strives for climate neutrality

Statement by Lynette Chung, Head of Global Sustainability at Covestro AG, a world-leading supplier of polymers.

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Sustainable restart necessary

The report of the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) "Towards an ambitious environmental policy in Germany and Europe" contains solutions for an economic and sustainable restart for the industry.

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European Green Deal
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The European Green Deal aims to make Europe climate neu

Announced in March 2020, the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy underlines the importance of recycling and resource-saving.

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Coronavirus: Risks—but also opportunities?

Top entrepreneurs comment on the pandemic's impact on their business.

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IFAT Environmental Index 2020

Environmental industry calls for recycling more waste, using more recycled raw materials and strengthening the polluter-pays principle.

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Digging deeper
Quo vadis European Green Deal?

Six association chairmen comment on recycling management, the European Green Deal and the role of IFAT.

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Guy Drinks water in desert
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The role of environmental technologies and the SDG's

Many environmental technologies on show at IFAT directly or indirectly contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. What impact do the goals have around the globe?

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Circular economy is climate protection

The fight against climate change has dominated the public discourse for months. The circular economy plays a key role here.

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Photo Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Susanne Rotter
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Interview with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Vera Susanne Rotter

What contribution can a circular economy make to solving pressing environmental challenges?

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Junkyard Aerial view
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Waste management sector remains to have regional focus

Private and public waste management companies roughly share the German waste collection market, which is mainly structured regionally. Exemplary projects across Germany point the way to a resource-efficient future.

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Clean water—a precious resource

Contamination by nitrates and other residues create challenges for water treatment. Examples that prove the opposite—where water scarcity is successfully combated.

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Industrial wastewater technology

The standard of industrial wastewater technology is high, however, the technology is used too seldom. Read more about it here!

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Recycling Binar Code Zero
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The circular economy must become more digital

Better now than later: support programs and research projects provide a boost for the digitalization of the circular economy.

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Waste incineration in a circular economy

The importance of thermal waste treatment as a building block of the future German energy industry is controversial.

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Modern winter service: Reliable and environmental

Brine as liquid deicer is considered environmentally friendly and cost saving. Liability issues continue to be of great importance

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Artificial intelligence in waste management

Efficient waste management is one of the great challenges of our time—and new digital technologies can make life much easier.

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Digitalization as a driver of circular economy

Digital watermarks for sorting packaging and intelligent robotic disassembly: Digital information moves away pure mechanical treatment.

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Municipalities on the way to climate-friendly water management

In the future, urban planners and water economists will have to join forces even more to better compensate extreme weather conditions such as heat and heavy rain.

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Ensuring the availability of clean water

Getting micropollutants under control, mastering dry periods, more IT security for the water industry.

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